Ayoade Akinnibosun, one of the suspects involved in the April 5, 2018 bank robbery incident in Offa, Kwara State, has revealed that the late Michael Adikwu, a dismissed police officer, supplied the gang with five AK-47 rifles used for the operation.
At the continuation of the trial at the Ilorin High Court on Wednesday, Rotimi Jacob, the prosecution counsel, called the seventh witness, John Nwoke, a police Inspector and cinematographer attached to the force Public Relations Unit, Abuja.
Nwoke presented a DVD video to the open court that contained the confessional statements of the defendants. All except one defendant, Aknnibosun, said they killed 11 persons, who were throwing stones and other objects at them.
However, Akinnibosun revealed at the trial held before Judge Haleemah Salman that the gang killed 11 persons during the operation, adding that the thought of robbing the bank was initiated by the deceased police officer (Adikwu).
He also claimed to be the ringleader, saying that he owned the two vehicles used in the robbery.
According to him, one of the vehicles, a Lexus SUV, was a gift from then Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, as he (Akinnibosun) was the leader of a political liberation movement in Kwara South.
He said: “I came into contact with the dismissed policeman (Adikwu) through a revenue collection stuff. After the meeting with Adikwu, I relayed to Ibikunle Ogunleye who also relayed same to Adeola Abraham otherwise known as Adex. Azeez Salawu and Niyi Ogundiran are both mechanics.
“On April 5th, 2018 the five of us moved from Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state to Ajase-Ipo where the SUV was parked under a tree and we drove in the Mercedes Benz to Offa. At Offa, we parked in front of Total filling station where the late Adikwu was waiting for us in a black Audi car.
“There was also a Nissan Primera car parked in front of us at the Total filling station where some other people that came with Adikwu were waiting. Shortly, thereafter Adikwu handed over a sack to me containing five AK47 rifles.
“As the commander of my gang, I distributed the guns and directed every member to take his position.”
“Adikwu on entering the station announced that police relieved him of his job, but ‘I have come on a revenge mission.’”
Ten AK47 rifles were taken away from the police station during the robbery, it was said.
Other suspects standing trial are Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Azeez Salawu and Niyi Ogundiran.
The case has been adjourned till 15 and 16 of March for continuation trial.